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The Send Network Church Planting Blog

Top Six Posts of 2015

December 14, 2015 by Matt Rogers
The goal of the Send Network blog is to equip church planters, pastors and everyday missionaries to live out God’s mission each day. It is an astounding reality to consider that the King of the universe, the Creator of all things, the Savior of the world, invites His people to give their lives away to declare and demonstrate His glory to the nations (Matt 28:18–20). God sends Christians – whether pastors, teachers, doctors, students, or stay-at-home moms—into the world with a meaningful mission. The gravitational pull of our culture often hinders this mission. We can find ourselves paralyzed with individualism, consumerism, or busyness and squander the glorious privilege of serving in this grand mission. We often continue to live our lives without any sense of purpose or vision for what God longs to do in and through us. As the writer of Proverbs reminds us, without this vision, we perish (Prov 29:18). Yes, we may live physically—but spiritually we waste away without a compelling vision of the future. This blog attempts to infuse such a vision in God’s people. The various contributors to this site—ranging from prominent pastors and leaders to church planters to everyday missionaries—target diverse facets of the mission God has given His church. Each week, we have thematically selected a series of topics designed to equip God’s people for His mission in the world. At times, these posts are theological in nature, demonstrating the biblical scope of the mission of God. Other times, these posts are practical, providing clear and compelling application regarding a certain topic. We pray the blog serves you and your church well. We are encouraged to hear stories of the way God is using the content on this site to equip you and your church for His mission in the world. And, we’d love to hear from you. Please let us know if you have a topic that you believe would benefit the readers of this site. We have a great team of writers who would love to serve you. To finish out 2015, we are reposting the top six posts of this year. They are: - Tips to Becoming a More Effective Pastor by Thom Rainer - Ten Unique Challenges of Ministry by Herschel York - Ten Practical Tips for Living on Mission in Your Community by Bryan Barley - Ten Ways to Drive Away First Time Guests by Thom Rainer - Mission as a Mom by Kathy Litton - Do Not Give to the Cooperative Program by Micah Fries Based on your feedback, these blogs were particularly helpful to our readers. We trust that they will provide encouragement to you over the Christmas season and motivation as we all look forward to what God has in store for 2016. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Send Network Team.